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April 26, 2016
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
If the Selinsgrove vandal pleads guilty he will have to pay a fine of nearly $500.
The suspect would not only have to pay a $125 penalty for the act of vandalism but also $134 and $159.99 in restitution, according to police.
“Defendant did damage tangible property by pulling and breaking part of the plant out of the planter at the Selinsgrove Commons,” said a citation obtained by the Orange Street News.
The court is waiting for the suspect’s plea.
A court worker told the OSN she didn’t know when the suspect would have to plea.
On April 2nd Selinsgrove Chief of Police Thomas Garlock told the Orange Street News that law enforcement witnessed the suspect tearing up the plants at 2am in the morning.
The suspect is a finance major at Susquehanna University and had worked as an intern at Sony Music in New York City before coming to Selinsgrove to allegedly menace our community, according to his LinkedIn page. It also says he studied Business Ethics, but didn’t say if the alleged destructive menace got a passing grade.
It is unclear if the suspect is connected to the rash of vandalism that has hit Selinsgrove over the past year.
It has gotten so bad that police have told residents to keep their cars in their garage to prevent damage.
Since the suspect’s arrest on April 2nd the plants at the plants have remained untouched.
Also, a picture caught by surveillance footage outside of a local music store appears to show a man with a similar hair cut to the suspect’s LinkedIn page ripping up plants.
The suspect has not responded to a request for comment.